Analysis

The Coast Guard and protecting chokepoints

The Coast Guard and protecting chokepoints

By Victoria Castleberry*

The need for security of international maritime trade has never been greater as over 90 percent of internationally traded goods are transported via maritime shipping and 70 percent of maritime shipped goods are containerized cargo.1 Most trade vessels are funneled through one or more of six strategic chokepoints around the world: the Suez and Panama Canals, Strait of Malacca, Strait of Bab el-Mandeb, Strait of Gibraltar, and the Strait of Hormuz.2

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Coordination: the Kingdom of Thailand’s example

Coordination: the Kingdom of Thailand’s example

By Captain Panuphun Rakkeo*

The Thai Government recognizes that maritime security could not be handled by any one agency alone. In order to ensure safety of the seas, the Office of the National Security Council approved the establishment of the Thai Maritime Law Enforcement Coordinating Center or THAI-MECC on 17 March 1997. It is located at the Navy Operations Center and operates under the Office of the National Security Council’s guidance. It was officially declared operational on 9 January 1998.

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What will be the shape of Indo-Pacific policy under Trump?

By Balaji Chandramohan* Key Points • The Trump Administration is contemplating the structure of its forward policy in the wider Indo-Pacific as it looks to address China’s increased assertiveness in the region. • • Despite the talk of greater burden sharing, Trump will not end the US alliances in the region, which have served, and will continue to serve, US commercial and security interests well. • • From the US perspective, and in keeping with the grand strategy of the “Balancing of Power”, it is vital to contain Chinese expansionism in the Indian Ocean and in the greater Indo-Pacific region. • • The Pivot to Asia of the Obama Administration – largely inherited from the George W. Bush presidency – is likely to continue under Trump. • Summary As the new administration in the United States contemplates what policy to adopt in the wider Indo-Pacific with a view to dealing…

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Europe’s Asia-Pacific maritime strategy

Europe’s Asia-Pacific maritime strategy

IN THE aftermath of the July 2016 ruling by the United Nation’s Permanent Court of Arbitration that broadly found China’s demarcation claims in the South China Sea to be without legal merit, it became apparent that legal decisions alone would do little to influence the status quo. So what is Europe’s maritime strategy for the region?

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French maritime strategic thought in the Info-Pacific

French maritime strategic thought in the Info-Pacific

In Europe, France is distinctive in claiming that its boundaries actually extend outside Europe into the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, i.e. the ‘Indo-Pacific,’ through its overseas departments (département d’outre-mer), and overseas territories (territoire d’outre-mer), which are considered integral parts of France, and indeed thereby of the European Union. David Scott looks at the implications.

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Redistribution of maritime power a reality: French Admiral

Redistribution of maritime power a reality: French Admiral

A French admiral’s view: Sailors are privileged, active observers of the world that surrounds them. Recent activity is very different from the dynamic immediately following the end of the Cold War. A substantial redistribution of the world’s maritime powers is a reality. China, Russia, Japan, India and Brazil have all acquired naval means (Aircraft carriers, submarines and frigates) enabling them to affirm their power at sea. This is a rupture from the past.

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Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum policy

A presidential regulation on Indonesia’s National Sea Policy recently issued by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) incorporates the Global Maritime Fulcrum and outlines a number of strategies to fulfil Indonesia’s maritime aspiration.

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China builds a standing vanguard with maritime militia

China builds a standing vanguard with maritime militia

By Conor M. Kennedy and Andrew S. Erickson*

Hainan Province’s unique geography makes its buildup of maritime militia units the spear tip of China’s prosecution of gray zone operations in the South China Sea: as a standing, front-line force whose leading units are lauded as models for other localities to emulate.

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